Tag Archives: Iowa

Excelsior Stomach Bitters – Drs. Ault and McGavern – St. John, Iowa

Excelsior Stomach Bitters – Drs. Ault and McGavern St. John, Iowa 01 January 2019 I recently received, reviewed and responded to a couple of emails and newspaper clippings from Mark Wiseman, a well-known antique bottle collector from Iowa that included … Continue reading

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Riddle, Fuller & Co. selling Celebrated California Bitters?

Riddle, Fuller & Co. selling Celebrated California Bitters? Council Bluffs, Iowa 27 December 2018 I recently received a couple of emails and newspaper clippings from Mark Wiseman, a experienced bottle collector from Iowa that included advertisements for unlisted bitters including Adler’s … Continue reading

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Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters – Council Bluffs, Iowa

Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters John Brown Adkins – Council Bluffs, Iowa 09 December 2018 I recently received an email and newspaper clipping from Mark Wiseman about an unlisted Dr. Smith’s Magic Bitters. He found the ad below in The Council Bluffs … Continue reading

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The Centennial 1776 Tonic Bitters from Philadelphia?

The Centennial 1776 Tonic Bitters from Philadelphia? 10 November 2015 Jeff Wichmann has some super nice bottles in his American Bottle Auctions | Auction 62 that is now underway. I thought it was just a matter of time, and bottles, before … Continue reading

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Loss of Jim Springer of Marshalltown, Iowa

Loss of Jim Springer of Marshalltown, Iowa 04 May 2015 It is with deep sorrow to inform you that a Midwestern legend in privy digging and bottle collecting has lost his 10 month battle with brain cancer on March 24th … Continue reading

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Is there really a Burton’s Bitters?

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Is there really a Burton’s Bitters? 14 December 2014 I quite innocently posted the above picture on PRG and Facebook earlier in the week and said, “Anybody ever heard of a Burton’s Compound Vegetable Bitters? New to me. Can anyone … Continue reading

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An Unknown Millionaire Found In New York

An Unknown Millionaire Found In New York Mr. Elden Casselle DeWitt 16 November 2014 I’ve often wondered who E. C. DeWitt (also written De Witt) was? A have a few of his DeWitt’s Stomach Bitters bottles, one is pictured above. … Continue reading

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Looking at Severa’s Stomach Bitters from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Looking at Severa’s Stomach Bitters from Cedar Rapids, Iowa 07 July 2014 Iowa has been in my bitters news lately with a question from Marlena VanHelsing on a labeled Dr. Von Hopf’s Curacao Tonic Bitters put out by Chamberlain & Company in Des Moines, … Continue reading

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Could the Doctor John Russ Wormwood Stomach Bitters be from Iowa?

Could the Doctor John Russ Wormwood Stomach Bitters be from Iowa? 05 June 2014 The semi-cabin form, Doctor John Russ Wormwood Stomach Bitters is back in the news again today as the Outhouse Patrol has found shards in Belle Plaine, Iowa … Continue reading

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My Purdy’s Bitters Mystery Solved!

My Purdy’s Bitters Mystery Solved! 14 March 2014 (R•082818) Hiram Purdy was engaged for many years in the wholesale liquor trade. He was the inventor of the metal showcase and was the projector of the first horse street railway in New York, … Continue reading

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